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Old 07-10-2022, 06:23 AM   #61
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Another vent/rant is when the formatting gets in the way of reading because the formatting is that bad. It's very easy to make eBooks with good formatting. So why is it the big publishers have no idea what they are doing?
Yes, baffling. Hence I suppose some are very keen on KOReader here or brain-dead Android apps that ignore the CSS.

I fix the ebooks, which wife appreciates (though she could do it if she wanted to). Most people have no idea that the formatting can be fixed. A bit of HTML and CSS isn't as hard as learning C, C++, Java etc. Mostly fixing is deleting stupid stuff.
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Old 07-10-2022, 07:31 AM   #62
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Yes, baffling. Hence I suppose some are very keen on KOReader here or brain-dead Android apps that ignore the CSS.

I fix the ebooks, which wife appreciates (though she could do it if she wanted to). Most people have no idea that the formatting can be fixed. A bit of HTML and CSS isn't as hard as learning C, C++, Java etc. Mostly fixing is deleting stupid stuff.
Fixing is replacing stupid stuff with not stupid stuff for the stuff that you want to work. The rest is deleting the junk like the excessive amount of CSS classes not used in the CSS and HTML, unused IDs, unused internal page numbers, etc.

Depending on the eBook, sometimes I will convert ePub 3 to ePub 2 because the ePub 3 is a right mess. or sometimes things are done that may not work in RMSDK on a Kobo so I go back to ePub 2 with code that works.
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Old 07-10-2022, 07:42 AM   #63
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I go for the "nuclear" option when things get bad.
I just delete all .css files from the .zip
You can do this to DRM'ed books without touching the DRM.
I call my Windows executable that does this "unduke.exe".
That's because those crap Duke publications with the stupid dog in the corner.
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I go for the "nuclear" option when things get bad.
I just delete all .css files from the .zip
You can do this to DRM'ed books without touching the DRM.
I call my Windows executable that does this "unduke.exe".
That's because those crap Duke publications with the stupid dog in the corner.
But then you have just 100% defaults that are also not good for reading. Sorry, but that doesn't work either (IMHO).
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No, not defaults, just my global settings which are adjustable.
Font, font size, line spacing, justification, margins.
What else do you need?
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I once borrowed an Overdrive book that had awful fixed formatting that ignored my reader settings entirely. It was... frustrating.
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Well, if you want you can use this. It just strips all .css files from an .epub
It may be that some reader doesn't like that the files are missing, save a copy of the original.
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Just rename the file from .prc to .exe
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File Type: prc unduke.prc (188.5 KB, 215 views)
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Yes, baffling. Hence I suppose some are very keen on KOReader here .

I have poor motor skills, so using KOReader to override those settings it can is easier, faster and safer than editing CSS files. That requires typing, something I do as little of as possible. When I make typos here, it's no biggie, but making a typo in a file intended to be actioned in some way can matter.
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No, not defaults, just my global settings which are adjustable.
Font, font size, line spacing, justification, margins.
What else do you need?
Indent.
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What else do you need?
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Well, I like illuminated initial letters too.

We're not going for most desirable here, we're going for least obnoxious.
I'm not going to sweat CSS for books that I don't own.
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Well, I like illuminated initial letters too.
Drop caps in any form are a total pain to have look good over a variety of devices. I worked on one ebook for an author who want to use images of illuminated letters for the first letter of each chapter. I sweated blood trying to make those suckers look good on multiple platforms given that most of the renderers he wanted to target did not under media queries and many of them had trouble understanding basic CSS. There was also the joy of learning how to wrap text around an L-shaped graphic. It was definitely a learning experience though of what I learned, the lesson that stuck was to run screaming the next time someone wanted those embellishments.
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We're not going for most desirable here, we're going for least obnoxious.
Why? Of course I'm going for what I like the most. Why should I go for less?
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Well, I own all my ebooks. So yeah, I want them to look as good as possible.
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